August 21, 2012

RISING DOWN, Winner of The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Bands Series!


The RITZ Ybor's 3rd Annual Ultimate Bands Series concluded this past Saturday, August 18, 2012 where RISING DOWN won the series and took home the Grand Prize valued at $5,000.00:
  • the opportunity to open for an upcoming national touring act at The RITZ Ybor
  • a paid peformance at Invincible Summer, Square One's ART + FASHION + MUSIC + DANCE event at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • a paid performance at Miracle on 7th Avenue at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • a paid performance at a Royal Room Pre-Party at The RITZ Ybor
  • a paid performance at The Rooftop Eve, Hyde Park Village's 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Party on Monday, December 31, 2012
  • a paid performance at a signature Hyde Park Village event in 2013
  • $500.00 cash, $100.00 Radiant gas cards, Busch Gardens passes, featured ads in Creative Loafing, tbt and on The RITZ Ybor homepage, plus much more!
It was a very tight race between all of the bands which also included The Northwest (Runner-up), Khora and Jack Jasper.  This year's Juding Panel (Jocelyn Brenner of Hyde Park Village, Joran Oppelt of Creative Loafing, Carole Liparoto of tbt and Jesse Kage of 98 Rock's The Kage Kult show) commented that there was only a slight 1-2 point difference in their scores, but Rising Down's unique cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Spirit of the Night" helped propel them to one of the Judges top spots.  With their massive sales of 300 tickets sold to their fans, Rising Down easily won the Audience Applause round which ultimately decided the winner.

A THANK YOU to this year's Juding Panel: Jocelyn, Joran, Carole & Jesse, our lovely emcee Melissa Carroll, our Finalist Bands: The Northwest, Khora and Jack Jasper, as well as our other participating bands: Danny Freeman, Dropin Pickup, Fight Another Day, Marvlec, Perfect Flaw, Red Calling, sowFLo, Sunshine & Bullets, Sweet Oblique, WD HAN and VANE all for participating.

You can next catch both Rising Down and The Northwest performing at Square One's Invincible Summer ART + FASHION + MUSIC + DANCE extravaganza on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor!  Also, look for Rising Down in this Thursday's Creative Loafing and this weekend's edition of tbt.

Check out photos from last Saturday by CLICKING HERE!


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